Title

Accommodating underlying pro-environmental attitudes in a rail travel context: Application of a latent variable latent class specification

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2013

Subject Area

ridership - attitudes, ridership - behaviour, mode - rail, place - europe, technology - emissions

Keywords

Environmental attitudes, Greenhouse gas emissions, Rail transport, Stated preference method

Abstract

Using data from a stated preference survey conducted in the UK, we show how the relative importance that rail travellers attach to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and faster journey times varies strongly as a function of underlying attitudes towards the environment. We specify a latent class structure that allocates respondents to two classes with substantially different valuations of greenhouse gas emissions, and show how the allocation of a given respondent to either class is a function of underlying attitudes that also drive the answers to a number of attitudinal questions. We also show how these underlying attitudes are a function of a number of socio-demographic characteristics, with female respondents, older respondents, and respondents with a university degree having a stronger pro-environmental attitude, with the opposite applying to respondents with regular car access.

Rights

Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Elsevier, copyright remains with them.

Comments

Transportation Research Part D Home Page:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/13619209

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